CHICAGO — Emma Ronsiek scored 27 points, Temi Carda added 18 and eight assists and Creighton became the first unraked team to beat No. 19 DePaul this year, winning 83-72 on Saturday.
Ronsiek was 9-for-12 shooting and Carda, one of the few players to wear a mask while playing, was 6 of 9 as the Bluejays went 29 of 50, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range For good measure they made their first 16 free throws, going 17 of 18.
Carly Bachelor added 13 points for Creighton (7-8, 6-5 Big East Conference), which has won three straight and beat a ranked team for the first team since winning at DePaul last season. Payton Brotzki scored 11 points and Morgan Maly 10 with nine rebounds.
Lexi Held and Sonya Morris scored 17 points apiece and Jorie Allen had 16 with seven rebounds for the Blue Demons (13-5, 10-3), who had their four-game winning streak end. Their other losses were to current top five teams Texas A&M, Louisville and UConn twice.
An 8-0 run – a Brotzki layup, Dworak 3-pointer and Carda’s free throws after being fouled on an attempted 3 – gave the Bluejays a 22-16 lead in the last minute of the first quarter and they led the rest of the way.
The score was 42-36 at the half and reached 12 in the third quarter. After the Blue Demons closed within five with 8:32 to play, Ronsiek took charge and scoring 14 points in the last seven minutes.
Ronsiek, a freshman, had 28 points when the Bluejays fell in the first meeting 90-81 in December after leading 63-60 entering the fourth quarter.
The up-and-down Bluejays scored 77 and 42 points in their last two games, but both were one-point wins and this time they handled the DePaul pressure in the fourth quarter. They used hot-shooting and a 41-27 rebound advantage to offset 22 turnovers and held DePaul to 38% shooting.
Creighton plays at Marquette on Monday. DePaul is home against Marquette on Wednesday.